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The Village Model: Innovative Aging in Place



Presented as part of the 2011 American Planning Association Conference, this presentation provides information on how the Village model, an innovative grassroots model to support aging in place, can ...

Presented as part of the 2011 American Planning Association Conference, this presentation provides information on how the Village model, an innovative grassroots model to support aging in place, can be connected with the local and state planning process. As baby boomers transform national demographics, local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area experiment with aging-friendly policies and programs.
Explore innovations that support older adults wishing to age in place.



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  • The Village Model
    April 11, 2011
    American Planning Association
    Candace Baldwin
    Senior Policy Advisor, NCB Capital Impact
    Co-Director, Village to Village Network
  • Connecting Long Term Supports Policy with Real World Practices
    Mission to help older Americans and people with disabilities to conduct their lives with maximum independence, dignity and connection to their communities
    Provide innovative, expert technical assistance to community-based organizations working in underserved and moderate- and low-income communities
    Joint partnership with Beacon Hill Village – Village to Village Network, national peer to peer network for Village model
  • 3
    Elder Preferences
    • Remain at home and in their own neighborhoods
    • Maintain social networks
    • Easy access to shopping and health care
    • Be safe
    • Be healthy
    • Be involved in the community
    We Have Good News About Today’s Elders
    Positive Elder Trends
    • Longer lives
    • Better health
    • Decreased disability
    • Better educated
    • More access to information
    • Decreased institutionalization
  • Village Model
  • Village Model has a Set of Guiding Principles
    Grassroots membership based organization
    Consolidator of services
    Strategic partners
    Focus on the whole person
    Volunteers and civic engagement
  • Village Is NOT
    • A provider model
    • Licensed
    • A physical place such as a senior center or a NORC
    • A care-giving model
    • A new silo
    • Replicating anything
    Village Is
    • Consumer developed and operated
    • A one-stop shop for coordinating a variety of services and supports
    • A network of community members working together
    • Focused on the whole person
    • Integrates a variety of resources and assistance
    Villages Strive for Independence, Dignity and Connection to Community for Older Adults
  • Villages Foster a Stronger Sense of Community
    Governance/Civic Engagement
    Non Profit, 501(c) 3 organizations
    Membership governed through Board of Directors
    Funded through membership fees and private fundraising
    No public support
    Supports and Services
    Provide one stop, one call for community members
    Facilitate connection to existing community services
    Currently targeted to moderate income but includes low-income
    Membership Plus model allows for lower income individuals to participate
  • Core or concierge service met with a volunteer
    Some Examples
    • Home Health
    • Lawn
    • Electrician
    • Plumber
    • Painting
    Concierge service met with a vendor at a discounted rate
    Trained Village Staff or Office Volunteer Triages Request
    Member calls or emails Village office with request
    Member signed up for event or ongoing service/support
    Member contacted for feedback on quality of service
    Professional Village staff help navigate challenge
    Consumer-Driven Organizations Create Flexibility in Services Offerings
  • Communities Engaged in Village
    Existing Villages (55 total open and operating)
    Source: Beacon Hill Village TA Database and NCB Capital Impact Analysis
    Currently 55 Villages Open and Over 120 Communities in Development Phase
    District of Columbia
  • Connection to Community is the Promise of Village Movement
    Village model provides a new way to address connection of community supports and housing for older adults
    Maximizes community assets to create holistic system
    Strengthens community and creates non-traditional supports
    Provides opportunity for civic engagement and “voice” for local planning
  • Social Connections and Living in Community Impact Health and Policy Outcomes
    Research on Social Relationships – Brigham Young University
    Social relationships linked to mental health, morbidity and mortality
    Civic Engagement
    Reduces social isolation
    Increases sense of belonging and value
  • Villages can Connect Planners to Older Adults in Community
    Involving Village members in local planning
    Older adults will take on sense of ownership of project or plan
    Become the champions within the community
    Capitalize upon the expertise of older adults
    Challenges and barriers
    Preferences and needs
    Innovations and solutions
  • Question & Answers
  • For More Information
    Candace Baldwin
    Senior Policy Advisor
    NCB Capital Impact
    Center for Excellence in Long-Term Supports Innovations
    (703) 647-2352